Sunday, 16 January 2011

Sunday Quiz 17

Another 50 for you to try.


1.Named after the American scientist who discovered it,what name is given to the SI unit of inductance?


2.Sharing a name with a fictional valley in a James hilton novel of 1933,by what name was US Presidential retreat,'Camp David',previously known as?


3.A global American pharmaceutical, medical devices and consumer packaged goods manufacturer,it was founded in 1886 and is listed in the Fortune 500.Brands belonging it include, 'Benecol', 'Benedryl', 'Neutrogena' and 'Nicorette'.What is the name of this very well known company?

Johnson & Johnson

4.What is the name of the bell used at the institution, 'Lloyds of London'?

Lutine Bell

5. Which former British Labour MP was sentenced to 18 months imprisonment,in January 2011, for fraudulently claiming more than £20,000 in expenses?

David Chaytor

6.Bordered only by land locked countries,Liechtenstein and which other country,are the only countries to be 'doubly land locked'?


7.An American comedy-drama television series that premiered in 2005 and in its sixth season.Each episode focuses on an FBI case, concerning the mystery behind human remains, brought by FBI Special Agent Seeley Booth (played by David Boreanaz) to the forensic anthropologist Dr. Temperance Brennan (played by Emily Deschanel).Getting its title from Dr Brennan's nickname,what is the one-word name of this show?


8.John Williams and Julian Bream are both Grammy-Award winning classical artists.What instrument are they both,best known,for playing?


9.Which British comedian,of Nigerian origin released the 2010 stand-up DVD 'The Feel Good Factor'?

Stephen K Amos

10.A music club located in Manhatten,New York,it was founded by Hilly Kristal in 1973 to promote some of the traditional styles of American music. However it soon became a leading forum for 'new wave' and 'punk' bands including Television,Blondie,Talking Heads and the Ramones.Taking it's name from its original use,what is the name of this infamous club,which closed in 2006,when Patti Smith performed the final concert?

CBGB (Country,Blue Grass,Blues)

11.Including special carraiges for women only,which is the only African nation to run a fully fledged,undergound railway/metro system?

Egypt (Cairo)

12.Appointed Minister of Labour in 1929 under Ramsay MacDonald,who became Britain's first female cabinet minister?

Margaret Bondfield

13.A chemical compound with the formula C2H2, it is a hydrocarbon and the simplest alkyne.What is the nmae of this colourless gas, widely used as a fuel and a chemical building block?


14.It is thought to have derived from a description by James Waldegrave in 1713.Which branch of applied mathematics, attempts to mathematically capture behavior in strategic situations, in which an individual's success in making choices depends on the choices of others ?

Game Theory

15.Its name comes from the Guarani for 'master of the grasses'.Having slightly webbed feet, no tail and weighing up to 66 kilograms,what is the largest living rodent?


16.The fifth largest university in the UK ,in terms of students,it has campuses in Malaysia and China and has also won two nobel prizes this century.With alumni including DH Lawrence,Hugh Gaitskell and Sir John Sawers,which university is this?


17.The Boleg Brothers are animators,who have a popular website and also make short films,most notably,parodies of BBC's Apprentice TV series.From what material are all of their characters made?


18.Which is the only surname, that has been shared by both a British Prime Minister and a US President?

Wilson (Harold and Woodrow)

19.Featured in some news and magazine articles in early 2011,what make of car,reaching speeds of 160 miles per hour, is the fastest police car in current use?

Lotus (Evora)

20.What unit of measurement,is equivalent to one tenth of a nautical mile?


21.Known in the UK and other countries as 'Black Friars',because of the black cloak worn over the white habit,which Catholic religious order, formerly known as the Order of Preachers, is headed by Master of the Order,Bruno Cadore?

Dominican Order

22.What two-word term links a 1997 film starring Keanu Reeves and Al Pacino,a lawyer once used in the Roman Catholic Church ,appointed to argue against the canonization or beatification of a person and a 1990s Channel Four current affairs TV programme,fronted by Darcus Howe?

Devil's Advocate

23.The 'Symphonie Fantastique',is one the most important works of the Romantic era.Who was its French composer?

Hector Berlioz

24.Winnipeg is the capital and largest city in which Canadian province?


25.Although not a traditional derby game,the rivalry between which two Scottish Premier league football teams is known as the 'New firm'?

Aberdeen and Dundee Utd

26.Its Latin name is Pandion haliaetus and its diet is almost exclusively fish.Reaching 60 centimetres in length with a 2 metre wingspan,which diurnal bird of prey is sometimes known as the sea hawk or fish eagle?


27.Alligators are native to just two countries.One is the USA,but in which country can they also found,albeit extremely endangered?


28.Beginning in 1997,the 'Grand Theft Auto' series of video games,is one of the most successful games franchises.Also producing the Max Payne and Manhunt franchises,which New York based publisher produces these games?

Rockstar Games

29.Named after Stella Liebeck who, in 1992, spilled a cup of McDonalds' coffee onto her lap, causing third degree burns,for what action(s) are the,tongue-in-cheek 'Stella Awards' given?

Lawsuits (outrageous or frivilous)

30.In 1996,The British theatre company 'Exiled Theatre', extensively toured with their production 'Edmund,Son of Gloucester'.It was written as a prequel,to which of Shakespeare's plays'?

King Lear

31.The event, organised by Improv Everywhere, involves participants who strip down to their underwear as they go about their normal routine.On which city's underground railway sytem did the 10th Annual 'No Pants subway ride' occur in January 2011?

New York

32.Which British author,who died in 2009,was well known for his short stories,but probably most notable for his semi-autobiographical work,'Empire of The Sun',which was later made into a Hollywood film?

JG Ballard

33.Reginald FitzUrse, Hugh de Morville, William de Tracy, and Richard le Breton,were the assassins of which 12th century figure?

Thomas (a) Beckett

34.Which 'Goon show' member was once quoted as saying,'My advice if you insist on slimming, is eat as much as you like - just don't swallow it'?

Harry Secombe

35.Traditionally this two word term refers to a fight involving three or more combatants, that is fought until only one fighter remains is used in combat sports,but the term has a specific meaning, depending on the sports being discussed.It was also used in the title of a cult 2000 film by Kinji Fukasaku.Which term?

Battle Royal(e)

36.St Anne is the capital and chief town of which of the Bristish Isles?


37.It was originally designed in the 16th century by Giorgio Vasari,as an office building for magistrates, under Catherine de Medici,but is now one of the oldest art museums in the Western world.By what name is it more commonly known today?


38.Marie-Curie was credited with the discovery of which two,radio-active,chemical elements.

Radium and Polonium

39.He was later involved in politics,which 17th/18th century ,English playwright was most noted for his plays,'Love For Love','The Mourning Bride' and 'The Way of the World'?

William Congreve

40.Michael Schumacher made his Formula One debut at the Belgian Grand Prix in 1991 for the Jordan-Ford racing team.Driving car number 32, he was a replacement, for which fellow driver, who was imprisoned for 2 months,for spraying CS gas at a London taxi driver?

Bertrand Gachot

41.The archipelago known as the Loyalty Islands,in the Pacific Ocean,are a part of which French Territory,that has Noumea as its capital?

New Caledonia

42.The UK branch of this supermarket was bought by Asda Wal-Mart in 2010.Which Danish based,global supermarket chain has the tagline 'Scandinavian for value'?


43.The Glastobury Thorn is a form of common hawthorn,which is reputed to have been planted,according to legend, by which Christian figure

Joseph of Arimathea

44.Which Nobel Prize winning humanitarian organisation, was created in 1971, in the aftermath of the Nigerian civil war, who believed that all people have the right to medical care regardless of race, religion, creed or political affiliation?

Medecins Sans Frontieres

45.Located on the Vakhsh river,the Nurek dam is,currently, the world's highest.In which Asian country can it be found?


46.In the 2010, Coen brothers, remake of True Grit,which actor reprised the character,Marshal Reuben J.'Rooster' Coburn,previously made famous by John Wayne, in 1969?

Jeff Bridges

47.Best known for its monastery and getting its name from the Viking meaning 'cold island',which island in the Bristol Channel,that lies south of Tenby?

Caldey Island

48.Which female,Russian tennis player,was runner in both the Wimbledon and US Open singles tournaments in 2010?

Vera Zvonareva

49.'Benga', 'Skream' and 'Artwork' are leading British dubstep producers,who have formed an electronic music project ,with critical and commercial success in 2010.By what two word name do they go by?

Magnetic Man

50.Fought between 470 Vortrekkers and over 10,000 Zulus in 1838,on which river did the so called 'Battle of Blood River' occur?

Ncome River